PTI Chairman Imran Khan is leading the long march toward Islamabad with party leader Asad Umar sharing that Khan will now reach Rawalpindi by November 10 and caravans from all over Pakistan will reach Islamabad on November 11.
Earlier, the plan was to reach the federal capital by November 4.
The party and the government, meanwhile, are still at loggerheads.
This is the PTI chair’s second march towards Islamabad after he was ousted via a no-confidence motion earlier this year.
The political instability in Pakistan has also fuelled economic uncertainty, with international rating agencies questioning if the current government can maintain difficult economic policies in the face of political pressure and looming elections.
Read on for the latest updates from Pakistan on PTI’s long march.
12:30pm — ‘Fed govt to ‘surprise’ Imran Khan’: Javed Latif
Federal Minister Javed Latif said that the Centre would give a “surprise” to the former prime minister when he reaches Islamabad, as the PML-N led government was aware of the planning done by PTI chief Imran Khan.
“We are aware from where you are getting funding. We will catch you with a big theft,” said Latif while talking to reporters. He added that mobs will not be allowed a “face saving”.
“If we speak to the mob today then ways will be open for the future as well. Blackmailing will not force the state to hold talks,” said Latif. He added talks are held under the ambit of the Constitution with the national leadership an dparite not with mobs.
“There are not talks happening through backchannel with Imran Khan nor will there be one,” said the minister.
11:20am — ‘Massive, charged crowds turned out in Gujranwala,’ says Imran Khan
PTI Chairman Imran Khan shared scenes from the long march showing “massive and charged crowds” in Gujranwala.
He said that the crowd turned out seeking justice which is a “critical part of our Haqeeqi Azadi struggle”.
10:30am — PTI says all age groups attending long march
10:15am — Planning minister announces date of election
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal gave the date of the next elections after PTI leader Pervez Khattak reiterated that the party is march towards Islamabad for a date of fresh elections.
“13 October, 2023,” tweeted Iqbal in response to Khattak.
10:00am — IHC restricts Islamabad admin from issuing NOC to PTI for its sit-in
The Islamabad High Court issued notices to the federal capital’s administration for not issuing PTI a no-objection certificate for its sit-in.
The court directed the relevant officials of the Islamabad administration to appear before it tomorrow.
The hearing of the plea was held by Justice Aamer Farooq on PTI’s petition against the non-issuance of the NOC.
9:30 am — Long march to resume from “Pindi bypass Gujranwala” at 11:30am
Punjab Government Spokesperson Musarrat Cheema shared that PTI’s long march to Islamabad will resume from “Pindi bypass Gujranwala” at 11:30am.
The PTI chief is expected to address the crowd at Rahwali and Gaghar where the march will stop today.
“Due to the public excitement the march’s speed is slow but we will try to reach Jehlum by Sunday,” said Cheema.
9:15am — Imran Khan’s caravan to reach Rawalpindi by November 10: Asad Umar
PTI leader Asad Umar shared that Imran Khan’s “Haqiqi Azadi” march to reach Rawalpindi by November 10 as per new schedule.
The former planning minister said that PTI’s march will arrive in Islamabad on November 11.
9:00am — Imran wants COAS of own choice or martial law: Fazl
JUI-F chief and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President Maulana Fazlur Rahman said the so-called long march of PTI had flopped and its leaders were now bent upon creating law and order situation in the federal capital.
He said Imran Khan wanted that the new Chief of the Army Staff should be appointed of his own choice otherwise martial law should be imposed.
Speaking at a press conference here, he said the PTI leaders were trying to promote violence and create anarchy.
8:30am — Govt-PTI row heats up as march slows down
The row between PTI and the ruling coalition heated up with Imran challenging Nawaz and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz hitting at the long march.
Maryam “exposed” the “actual agenda” of PTI’s long march and said that it has not been arranged for the sake of the nation but its purpose is to stop the incumbent government from appointing the next army chief.
“Imran should know that the appointment of the army chief is rightfully, constitutionally, and legally the right of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. And God willing, the process will be carried out amicably in a good environment.”
8:00am — MQM-P berates Imran for confrontational approach
MQM-P leaders denounced Imran Khan for confrontational approach and said he was attempting to destabilise the country, politically and economically.
Party’s deputy convener Wasim Akhtar said during a presser that the country’s economic condition was weak at the time of MQM-P’s agreement with the present ruling alliance, but some elements rose up to create political instability in the country when things improved.
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